The answer, "what do you?" get brought up all the damn time when you meet new people. Some talk about the marketing job they have. Or their job as a nurse, laborer, teacher, ______________ (fill in the blank). When it comes to me, it is always a difficult one. Am I personal trainer? Kind of. Am I a teacher? Sort of. Do I help people get stronger and in better condition? The answer is Hell Yea!
Working with young athletes often times put you in a tough spot. For some kids, you only get 3 or 4 weeks to work with them. So how do you handle this? You get them a little stronger, a little better conditioned, and then send them off to their sport coach. After a few months of the season, they come back in for a few more weeks before they start the next sport. So what do you do now? You get them a little stronger and get them in a little better condition. It sounds simple but it definitely is not easy.
There are a ton of great training programs out there that only seem to work in a perfect world. I hate to surprise you all but we don't live in a perfect world. You can have everything planned out for months but then a surprise vacation comes up. Or an illness. Or a blizzard (hopefully we don't see this again). Or how about those days you are supposed to "max out" but the athlete only slept 4 hours the previous day and didn't have a chance to eat breakfast or lunch. Do you still max out that day? For me the answer is no way! The risk and potential for a letdown is too high in a situation like this. Which brings me back to my point...
Planning and preparing is always a must. But outside circumstances always come up. You may work with some kids for 6-8 months and you get a better idea on how they are feeling, what works for them, etc. But for those kids where you get them for only 2-3 weeks before a sport season begins, you can only do one thing: Get them a little stronger and get them in a little better condition. Afterall, your title is Strength & Conditioning Coach.
Have a great week and weekend
WEEKEND CHALLENGE: Do Something You Have Never Done Before.
I don't care what it is. Lift five more pounds, do one more rep, run one-tenth of a mile further, you get the idea. Give yourself a reason to celebrate and feel good about what you just accomplished!
Chris is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and member of the National Strength & Conditioning Association. He has recently served as a high school football and wrestling coach. Chris loves swinging kettlebells around, watching football and reading books!